Your Top 51 through 75

Continuing in our countdown of the top 100 – mostly because I have a headache the size of Texas – I give you your Top 51 through 75, which are getting more interesting:

  • Comme des Garcons Kyoto
  • Chanel Cristalle
  • Dior Diorella
  • Dior Miss Dior
  • Etro Messe Di Minuet
  • Hermessence Ambre Narguile
  • L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer
  • Ormonde Jayne Champaca
  • Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman
  • Piguet Bandit
  • Strange Invisible Perfumes L’Invisible
  • Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist
  • Serge Lutens Un Lys
  • Bond Silver Factory
  • Caron Nuit de Noel
  • Dior Diorling (my love!)
  • Diptyque Tam Dao
  • Donna Karan Black Cashmere
  • Frederic Malle En Passant
  • Guerlain Chamade
  • L’Artisan Dzongkha
  • L’Artisan Fleur de Narcisse
  • L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons
  • Miller Harris L’Air Rien (can I just say how proud I am y’alll voted this stinky stunner into any of the top 100?!?!)
  • Montale White Oud

See, much more interesting! 

I also need to talk a little about my cooking classes, which are really thrilling me.  Last week was Sautes and Pan Sauces. The point of the class, besides me finding a roasted red pepper sauce that I want to marry and have its babies, was to learn how to follow a technique and not just a recipe to cook your meats and make some kind of sauce to flavor it.  Chef Shellie did a fantastic job in breaking us all away from that “I must follow zee recepeeeee!” mindset into thinking of just what do we have in our kitchen that we can throw together.  So now I have to toss in a plug because she’s making a set of 8 DVDs with her approach to teaching cooking, only two are out right now. It’s from Kitchen Cue, and I don’t know how the DVDs are, but if she’s doing the same them in them as she does in class, those of you wanting to break away from recipes and really understanding the elements of cooking should find it really interesting. She has a Soups & Stocks and Sautes & Pan Sauces (the class that I took). 

There, and you thought this was just a perfume blog!

  • annie says:

    :”>Strangly,I’d love to hear more about the cooking..(you could sneak it in with perfume SOME way;as if you don’t have enough to do,guuurl!)….About the headache:take HEAVY drugs(did I say that????…Noooooo),and tuck yourself in bed…smooches to you…:x

  • annie says:

    :”>Strangly,I’d love to hear more about the cooking..(you could sneak it in with perfume SOME way;as if you don’t have enough to do,guuurl!)….About the headache:take HEAVY drugs(did I say that????…Noooooo),and tuck yourself in bed…smooches to you…:x

  • March says:

    Hey, that’s getting to be a much more interesting list. I am sorry about your TX-sized headache, wonder if it’s getting any smaller? Vermont? New Hampshire? (giggle)

    Thrilled to see Champaca, can’t believe MdeMinuit is up there that high.

  • Graham says:

    I just HAVE to comment on Miller Harris L’Air de Rien… Got a sample from The Perfumed Court after reading many comments about it, put it on and went “Pfeeeeeewwwwww”. Then I promptly continued to sniff it all evening long. Absolutely fascinating. Only had one other comment on it, and that was my 9-year-old niece, who remarked, “You stink”. I’ve been a little afraid to wear it out since then…. But I AM coveting a bottle!

  • tmp00 says:

    You, March and Lee are all tagged. Sorry. 😡

  • divinemama says:

    Yea for White Aoud making the list…finally a Montale! There are some great scents here, many I have tried and are desiring a FB.

    So cool that you are loving your cooking classes, Patty. I didn’t really start cooking until I was over 30 and had more than one baby…too expensive not to cook. I think I learned mainly from watching the Two Hot Tamales that were on the then new Food TV Network. I hardly ever use much less stick to a recipe anymore. Once you get the basics down, the fun really starts. Enjoy!

  • Francesca says:

    Very interesting list, Patty, thanks again. And it reminds me to dig out my little sample of Passage d’Enfer.

    At a Sniffa lunch last December, a bunch of us got onto the subject of cooking and how much we really love the play, the creativity, the smells, and of course getting to eat it. Made sense that we’d love perfume and cooking (or at least great food).

    Feel better!@};-

  • Musette says:

    This is a much more interesting list, though I’m so Old School that the bulk of my loves are in the first group. I’m so glad to see my beloved Diorling (HighFive, Patty!b-) as well as a couple of my other faves (surprised that Passage d’Enfer, which I love, beat out Diorling and Bandit! who’dathunkit?!)

    Incredible list – so much hard work, Patty! Thank you.

    The sauce classes sound wonderful. Once you really get comfy with them you can play around and really let the creative juices flow.

    Sorry to hear about the headache. A

    ~o) for you


  • Divalano says:

    Selecting ingredients & flavors for a reduction sauce is exactly like taking a moment to consider what scent I want to wear in the morning. Both involve mental recall of flavor/scent & imagining what it would be like to taste/smell it under certain conditions. Of course your exploration of foodiness belongs on this blog!! :d

  • Kristy Victoria says:

    Wow, 4 of my top scents are on this list! Passage D’Enfer, Kyoto, Iris Silver Mist and White Oud.

  • Elle says:

    Diorling! L’Invisible! YAY! I’m just going to pretend that this is actually the top 25. 🙂
    Very cool about the cooking classes and I’ve copied that link in case I ever get to a point where I remove my books and art supplies from our oven again.

  • This looks fab and thanks for persisting to the end of the top100.

    Of course some gems have been left at the bottom of the list, which is a pity…. (Diorling? the one I have adored enough to invest in a huge bottle? ~or L’air de Rien? probably the best thing to come out of British perfumery in recent years and which can only be likened to Jane Birkin’s lovely bum itself?(LOL) ~or the exquisite Fleur de Narcisse which I likened to a poem by Rimbaud?). But then again, we have to think that a few of those are either not easy to try out in the first place or they are initially jolting enough to not encourage a second trial.

    PLay with your sauces, I always do and people usually comment very favourably. Zee receepee shouldn’t always be observed to a T in cooking (la patisserie, c’est une autre chose, however!) 😉

  • Louise says:

    Wowee, Patty, what a mammoth task this must have been :d/ Thanks so much for all the hard work.

    I see a few favs in this pack-MdM (I don’t smell the mildew on me, but wonder if others do :-& ); Black Cashmere will always be one of my darlings; White Oud makes me completely happy on a frosty morning.

    So, when we all come to your house for dinner, what will you make =d> ? That red pepper sauce seems like it’d be just right over some braised fennel, perhaps =p~

    • moongrrl says:

      You’re not alone, L. After reading all the reviews about MdM, I was expecting a damp version of my childhood memories of High Mass. Instead, I got a Lush Karma-ish orange topnote followed by a dry, spicy hit of unburned frankincense resin. I love it enough to own a FB but think that everyone else might have Crazy Nose. 😉

      Three of my all-time favorites-Bandit, Diorella (which I am wearing today), and Black Cashmere-are on this part of the list. Yay!

      • Louise says:

        Hey, nice to see you here :-b ! You smell mahvelous:d/

      • March says:

        MdeM smells like roses and incense on my sister in law. She is not “into” fragrance. She finds it totally lovely and does not comprehend my explanation of its rep as a “goth” scent.

  • sylvia says:

    was this romesco sauce by any chance? we are big fans of it in my family. we even weaselled the recipe out of the guys at the culinary institute of america restaurant in napa